IF Aka Jess Korte

I am a PhD student at Griffith University.


Perhaps because of this, my favourite game is Fallen London.

It is a browser-based game set in an alternate Victorian London, where London has been moved deep underground by a mysterious power called the Bazaar.  It has a steampunk, almost gothic horror feel - but it isn't scary (usually)!  You start off knowing hardly anything about this world, and build up your knowledge through your interactions with the story pieces.

Part of the appeal is that there's a great sense of community amongst players of the game.  Other players will help you if you request it, and murder is a past-time for thrill-seekers, because death is rarely permanent in the 'Neath.


I love reading and watching science fiction, fantasy, and well-crafted mysteries.  I like being challenged to think, to adapt my mind to the rules of a different world, to try to uncover the secrets.  I love seeing visions of great possibilities - distant futures and ancient worlds of myth.

I play as DragonRidingSorceress and Seeker of Names. You can find me here: http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/DragonRidingSorceress and

here: http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/Seeker~of~Names


About Me

I'm researching how to conduct design activities with young Deaf children.  The long-term aim of this project, working with the Seek and Sign group, is to enable designers to work with Deaf children in the creation of technologies that will help Deaf children learn sign language.  Having mass-market sign language resources would help the 95% of Deaf children who are born to hearing parents, which would assist in overcoming delayed language acquisition and low literacy rates throughout their lives.  It makes me proud to think that the work I’m doing now could help to make someone’s life better.

I am also a lecturer and tutor at QIBT, a private college within Griffith University.  The course I teach is called Foundations of Computing Systems.  It captures the history in the development of maths, science and computers.  I like teaching because I like engaging with enquiring minds.  My favourite moment in teaching is seeing understanding blossom from confusion, and the joy of students putting the pieces together.

I'd also like to mention MUNs - Model United Nations.  You get to role-play as a particular country, arguing important issues of world politics from that country's point of view.  They are a great deal of fun, and a wonderful way to meet people.  They're also really good for anyone who is afraid of public speaking - I started to practice my public speaking, and fell in love with MUNs.  I was part of the organising committee for the first GriffMUN, the Griffith University Model United Nations conference, through 2013-2014, and we had an absolutely wonderful long-weekend.

Googling "MUN" + your local area should start you off if this sounds interesting.